Los Angeles) The Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture, also known as “FilAm Arts”, has named Giselle Töngi-Walters as the organization’s Executive Director — only its third-ever in its near quarter of a century history.
Ms. Töngi-Walters has produced a myriad of special events as FilAm Arts’ Program Director since May 2019. She has served in the FilAm Arts community starting as a volunteer host, to an event and festival producer -subsequently increasing her involvement in production and general promotion of Philippine arts and culture in the U.S.
Last year, she spearheaded the pioneering 27th Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) — the organization’s debut virtual fiesta, which aired multiple hours of programming free of charge over the course of three days on Facebook, YouTube, and Kumu, the Philippine-based live streaming app. This new online format and multi-platforms are all firsts for FilAm Arts.
“As (FilAm Arts) envisions its way toward the half century mark of its history, we could not imagine a better fit than Giselle, with her background and out-of-the-box creative thinking, to lead the organization forward,” said Theresa Calimag, FilAm Arts Board Chair. “We are thrilled for what’s in store for our community.”
Töngi-Walters is equally looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m excited to continue my partnership with Fil Am Arts and cement my commitment to providing stages for our artists and a spotlight for our culture,” she said. “At a time of upheaval, the role of arts in a healthy society is that much more key and FilAm Arts has always embraced a leading role in making that happen. I am firmly committed to continuing its trailblazing tradition and to next-leveling the organization, our artists and ultimately, our community.”